Orangeburg County house burns to ground after body found in freezer

Before this home in Norway, S.C., burned to the ground, a body was found in a freezer there.
Before this home in Norway, S.C., burned to the ground, a body was found in a freezer there.(WRDW)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 2:35 PM EST
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NORWAY, S.C. (WIS) - The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation after a body was found in a deep freezer at an abandoned home in Norway.

Officials spoke to eight witnesses who went to the home located on Woodview Circle on Sunday. According to the sheriff’s office, the eight people went to the home after hearing it was haunted.

One of the witnesses told deputies he saw the freezer on the back porch of the home and opened it. When he opened it, he saw what he thought was a body wearing blue jeans and socks.

Deputies found a “badly decomposed human body inside of the freezer,” according to the incident report. The area was later taped off.

The coroner’s office said it is working with forensic experts to identify the body and the person’s cause of death. It is not known at this time whether the body was a man or a woman, officials said.

“This process will take some time as we methodically investigate this case to ensure proper closure and positive results,” the coroner’s office said.

Tuesday, WIS got a tip the home where the body was discovered had burned to the ground. When crews got on scene Tuesday afternoon, they found a smoldering heap of rubble.

Officials have not shared information about the fire, when it started or what caused it.

How to help

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office at 803-534-3550.

You may also submit tips to Crimestoppers in one of the following ways:

PHONE TIP — Call the toll free number at 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).

WEB TIP — Go to and click “Submit a Tip”.

MOBILE TIP — Download the new P3 Tips app on your Apple or Android Device.

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